Bartlett launches scholarship programme in Central Manchester

Shadae Smith (right) is about to be greeted by St Aubyn Bartlett, whom she described as a man
of his word.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Central Manchester St Aubyn Bartlett has launched an education assistance programme for children in the constituency. In this its first year, the Manchester Central Bell Education Project will assist 42 high school s ... Read More

Opposition spokesman on finance Audley Shaw addressing the
launch of an education assistance programme, hosted by the
Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for Central Manchester St
Aubyn Bartlett. Shaw said the JTA should join his lobby for
Government to take over early childhood education.
(PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) JTA should demand Gov't takeover of pre-primary education, says Shaw
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — North East Manchester Member of Parliament Audley Shaw has called on ... Read More

A collage of
Nelson and his
loved ones in
happier times. Basil Nelson - a hard-working and good man
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Basil George Nelson, champion farmer, exemplary family man and genero ... Read More

Pall-bearers carry Clarke’s
body out of the church. St Elizabeth's last goodbye
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Residents of this south central community said their final farewell ... Read More

Excell Learning Centre rebrands as Ardenne Prep

Monday, September 22, 2014    

The unveiling of the sign at Ardenne Preparatory in Mandeville on Sunday, September 7. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The privately operated Ardenne Preparatory and Extension High School based in Kingston has expanded its preparatory division to this south-central town. The institution officially began its operations in Mandeville this term through the rebranding of Excell Learning Centre. Manchester resident and teacher Daphne Holness founded Excell Learning Centre at 5 Brumalia Road in 1989 and was at the helm until 2009. Following her retirement, the institution was reportedl ... Read More

Fake fire hydrants!

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@Ajamaicaobserver | Monday, September 22, 2014    

A section of Glencoe Sudivision phase one or Glencoe Meadows
in North East Manchester (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The discovery of "phantom" fire hydrants in phase one of the Glencoe Subdivision in North East Manchester earlier this year has resulted in a call for fire personnel to pay closer attention when doing inspection of commercial and residential developments. Phantom or dummy fire hydrants are being described as those installed in housing developments but which are of no use to firefighters since they are not affixed to a water source. Acting commissioner of the Jama ... Read More

More than sperm donors

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Pastor Everett Brown, head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, addressing the men’s convention at the NCU Gymnatorium. (PHOTOS: NIGEL COKE)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica Pastor Everett Brown has challenged Christian men and those in the wider society to be agents of positive change and not just of procreation. Addressing a men's convention at the NCU Gymnatorium recently, Brown asked, "Men, who are you? What is your real purpose in life? What is your role and responsibility in your family, in your church the body of Christ, in society?" He then posited that a man's real purpose ... Read More

Keep going, Jermaine!

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Jermaine Blackwood (PHOTO: COURTESY OF

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Holmwood Technical High School's former shining star, Jermaine Blackwood, continued to show solid growth as a Test-match cricketer in the just-concluded twomatch series between West Indies and Bangladesh in the Caribbean. In the second Test at Gros Islet, St Lucia, the 22- year-old Blackwood made his highest Test match score so far, an unbeaten 66, to help West Indies to a 269-run win and a 2-0 series triumph. Blackwood shared an unbeaten fifth wicket partnersh ... Read More

Christiana: Character and beauty

BY DONALD I BLAIR | Monday, September 22, 2014    

The bypass road (left) has eased congestion in Christiana.

IT is important to recognise the difference in the history and character of Manchester, relative to the rest of Jamaica, as a consequence of the forces of nature. Most of the parish sits on a plateau that is a natural mid-island barrier. This is what led to its formation as a political entity, as the relatively few inhabitants struggled to access their respective parish capitals in Vere, Clarendon and St Elizabeth. The high, wooded central plateau was very difficult to traverse, except in the M ... Read More

Santa Cruz transport centre gazetted

Monday, September 22, 2014    

The mostly unused transport
centre in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — It has taken all of five years. Now, the St Elizabeth Parish Council says it has the legal authority to compel taxi and bus drivers to use a transport centre built in 2009 at the west end of the Santa Cruz town centre. This follows the long-awaited gazetting of the transport centre by Parliament, chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council and mayor of Black River, Everton Fisher, told the Jamaica Observer Central last week. Fisher said there would be an offic ... Read More

TSO Time

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Classifieds & regional sales supervisor at Jamaica Observer Eileen Chambers (2nd left) promotes TSO
with staff at Delcam Spotlight, Manifest Plaza, Santa Cruz.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Thursday October 2 will mark this year's staging of Jamaica Observer 'Takes Style Out' (TSO) and retailers in major towns across the island are in preparation mode. From 5:00 pm -10:00 pm on the night, patrons will get an opportunity to benefit from substantial discounts at participating stores. In Central Jamaica, the shopping experience will take place in Mandeville, Santa Cruz, Christiana, Junction and May Pen. Potential customers in St Elizabeth will have wid ... Read More

PHOTO: Well done!

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Well done!

Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment recently hosted the annual high school entrance awards ceremony at St Mark's Anglican Church in Southfield. The awards are funded by the Constituency Development Fund. Photos show top GSAT performers in the constituency Kayanna Howell (left) and Clevon Wilson receiving their recognition plaques from businessman Manley Horne. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Well done! --> Read More

LIME gifts GG awardees

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Custos Rotulorum for St Elizabeth Beryl Rochester (2nd right) stands with LIME
Corporate Communications Manager Elon Parkinson (left) and Governor General’s
achievement awardees for the parish of St Elizabeth Branford Gayle (2nd left) and
Karon Lewis. Both awardees were presented with smartphones courtesy of LIME,
in addition to citations and plaques by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Fourteen Jamaicans from western Jamaica who were acknowledged at the Governor General's Achievement Awards recently also received recognition from LIME, according to a news release from the telecoms giant. Each award winner was presented with a smartphone. LIME said that as technology sponsor of the Governor General's Programme for Excellence (GGPE), it "shares the vision to recognise Jamaicans who have achieved greatly despite difficult and challenging circu ... Read More

Jamalco saves the day

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Jamalco Refinery Community Council health and back-to-school fair

MAY PEN, Clarendon — High school costs for some parents were alleviated by a Jamalco Refinery Community Council health and back-to-school fair at the Wembley Centre of Excellence, according to a news release from Jamalco. The event saw over 200 children receiving free medical and dental check-ups, the release said. Judith Henry, a single mother of seven, said she was overjoyed when she found out about the health fair. "I am very thankful because I don't really have the money to cover al ... Read More



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